Water line construction due to the 5th interchange project has disturbed some natural sediment within one of the lines…causing a slight tint in some Cookeville customers’ water.
Cookeville Water Quality Control Director Ronnie Kelly says the water is completely safe to drink:
“No quality problems; it’s just a little aesthetic problem,” Kelly says. “Some people will notice it and some people won’t notice it, so we thought we’d just go ahead and put it out there so people – if they see something – they’ll know what’s going on.”
He says things should return to normal tomorrow.
PUTNAM COUNTY, TN – April 19, 2018- At approximately 9:00 AM, escaped felon Michael D. Whittaker was taken into custody by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. Lieutenant Patrick Storie saw someone who fit Whittaker’s description outside of a residence on Spurlock Dr. He contacted US Marshal Josh Reams, Lieutenant Tony Branch, Sergeant Jeremy Nash, Deputy Gabe Frizzell, Deputy Brandon Tayes, Deputy Devon Brown, and Deputy D.J. Sons. They set up a perimeter around the residence and were able to apprehend Whittaker without incidence.
The Sheriff’s Office has been relentlessly seeking Whittaker since his disappearance last Thursday afternoon. Michael Whitaker has two charges of RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT and one count of EVADING ARREST in Putnam County. His bond is set at $11,500.
On April 12th Michael D. Whitaker fled the scene of an automobile accident at 150 First Ave. N. Baxter, TN after attempting to evade Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputies at a routine traffic stop. Whittaker was on parole out of White County and living in Sparta, TN. White County for FELONY POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE II DRUGS, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, FALSE POLICE REPORT, and ALT/FALS/FORG AUTO TITLE/PLATES. His bond in White County is set at $25,000.
Putnam County is applying for a federal grant to help pay for the hiring of 3 new firefighters.
County Executive Randy Porter says the Monterey area is in need of county firefighters:
“Monterey is such a long response time for the fire trucks to try to go from here up there, so we’re looking at a fireman up there,” Porter says. “If we can get this grant [it] pays a huge chunk of the salaries and benefits for those firemen.”
The Wall that Heals opens to the public today. After an opening ceremony at 10 a-m, the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be open round the clock until Sunday, April 22nd.
The Cookeville visit is one of only 38 stops in the country and the only display in Tennessee.
COOKEVILLE, Tennessee (April 18, 2018) – Students showed up to Jennifer Yates’ class with a textured rain stick, a sensory ball, a puzzle with adapted pieces that are easier handle, a singing bear whose on switch had been altered to be controlled by a large button and a variety of other toys.
Most of them are studying special education, pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy at Tennessee Tech University and the Adapt-a-Toy project in Yates’ physical management and support services for orthopedic, motor and special health impairments class offered by the College of Education was their chance to transfer what they have learned into real items that could be used in a therapy setting as they adapted toys for children with special differences.
“This project really puts their creativity to the test,” Yates said. “It helps them think through some of the skills they will need when they are working with individuals who cannot use an item the way it was initially intended. By thinking creatively, they get into a mindset of exploring how to make things work for the needs of the individual to improve that person’s independence.”
The class is designed as a hybrid online course where the students do most of their work online but come together in a pediatric clinic setting to present toys they adapted based on case studies of young people with various physical and developmental differences. In the clinic when the students make their presentations are professionals who work with children daily as well as parents of children with special differences and even a few children, anxious to check out the students’ work.
Pre-physical therapy student Thomas Byrd designed a rain stick toy covered with a variety of textured papers and fabrics that caught the attention of 5-year-old Sydney Tollison.
“She is really into textures and the way things feel, so the rain stick is perfect,” said Sydney’s mom Chrystal Tollison, who was excited to see toys made specifically for children with sensory needs like her daughter’s. “They don’t make a lot of textured sensory toys for her age. Most of the toys the students designed were actually really good for that.”
In presenting his toy to the group, Byrd said he looked for textures that were both different and durable, keeping in mind that it could get banged around quite a bit. He also wanted to use materials that were easy to find in case a parent wanted to make one of these on their own.
“I didn’t want it to be anything too expensive or difficult to recreate, because I know a lot of parents like to be involved in their child’s therapy,” Byrd said. “This is something they could make themselves.”
Aside from the toy project, students in the class are also have opportunities to do observations in school and clinical setting, often working with teachers and therapists in the Putnam County School System. However, the Adapt-a-Toy project is their opportunity to show their ability to apply what they have learned.
“The students have a lot of fun and are proud of their work,” Yates said. “Most of the toys actually get donated back to therapists and teachers who have let the students complete observation hours with them over the course of the semester. This is so great because the toys will get used in a therapeutic setting, and it’s also a way to say thank you to the professionals that take time each and every semester to take my students and let them come teach/observe them.”
By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech women's golf team concluded its 2017-18 campaign with the final round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Wednesday afternoon, placing seventh overall among the nine participating programs.
The Golden Eagles posted a 324 in the third and final round of the season, finishing the league's event at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals with a final score of 956. Murray State claimed the OVC title with an 898, edging Jacksonville State by four strokes. Jacksonville State's Valentina Giraldo took home individual medalist honors with a 76-68-74=218.
Sophomore Shelby Johnson led the Golden Eagle effort on Wednesday, posting a 78 to finish in a tie for 24th place among the 45 golfers. She notched a 240 overall after first and second round totals of 85 and 77. Freshman Kate Mashburn also tied for 24th in her first postseason action, carding a 74-84-82=240.
Next among the Tech lineup was junior Lindsay Miller, who tied for 29th. She turned in a final-round 81 to complete the week at 241 overall. Senior Allyson Dunn wrapped up her brilliant Golden Eagle career in 31st, posting a third-round 83. The veteran totaled 242 with scores of 74, 85 and 83.
Rounding out the Golden Eagles at the OVC Championships was junior Hollee Sadler, who finished 35th with an 84-79-83=246.
Photo by Thomas Corhern
By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A seesaw battle for much of the day, the No. 21 ranked Tennessee Tech baseball team rallied and held on late to defeat Alabama A&M Wednesday afternoon, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games with a 12-8 victory in Huntsville, Ala.
With the win over the Bulldogs (7-32), the Golden Eagles (31-5) tied the 1975 Murray State squad for the longest winning streak in Ohio Valley Conference history.
Early in the contest, things were clicking for the home team, as the Bulldogs raced ahead to a 2-0 lead, the first deficit faced by the Golden Eagles since scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-7, walk-off victory against Jacksonville on Apr. 7.
Tech answered in the third, gathering its first hit of the contest with a single by center field Alex Junior. Putzig followed after a throwing error allowed Junior to advance to third, singling to left field for an RBI.
Alabama A&M took the run back in the bottom of the third, but the Golden Eagles once again had an answer. Senior Chase Chambers led off the top of the fourth with the first of six long balls by the Tech lineup, a solo shot to left field. It marked his 10th home run of the year, making him the fourth member of the Golden Eagles to hit the double-digit mark in dingers.
Another leadoff long ball in the fifth by senior Collin Harris, squared the contest at 3-3. Junior doubled to right center two batters later and dented the plate for the first TTU lead of the game on an RBI single up the middle by Putzig.
Refusing to go down without a fight, the Bulldogs retaliated with a four-spot in the bottom half, jumping back on top, 7-4. Keeping with the theme of the contest, however, the Golden Eagles again answered in kind.
For the third time in as many inning, a Tech batter led off with a moon shot. This time it was senior shortstop David Garza who unleashed the power, blasting his third wall-jumper in two days to left center field to open the sixth. Junior Nick Osborne made it back-to-back jacks with his sixth bomb of the year, also to left center field.
Following a pitching change, Collin Harris single on the second pitch he saw, keeping the momentum alive for catcher John Elford. The sophomore didn't disappoint, crushing a two-run line drive down the left field line and over the fence to make it an 8-7 game in favor of the visitors.
One last time, Alabama A&M mounted an offensive attack, loading the bases and scoring the tying, unearned run in the sixth. Tech hurler Seth Noel got out of the jam without further damage, gathering a strikeout with the bases juiced to end the frame. He would go on to pick up his first win of the season.
After a quick out in the seventh, Garza played hero for the Golden Eagles, crushing his fourth home run in two days to left center field for the eventual game-winning run. It marked the senior's 11th long ball of the year while his first dinger of the day made him the fifth Tech player to hit double figures in home runs on the year.
In need of a way to quiet a relatively potent offensive attack from the Bulldogs, head coach Matt Bragga turned to closer Ethan Roberts to start the bottom of the seventh. The right-hander dropped the hammer, striking out the side on just 12 pitches.
Roberts would need just 44 total offerings to close out the contest, finishing the final three innings while allowing just two hits. The Sparta, Tenn. native struck out seven batters in the contest while securing his eighth save of the season. More impressively, it also represented his 23rd career save, officially breaking the Tech program record set by Seth Lucio in 2014.
Tech plated three more runs in the contest to give Roberts some insurance, leading to the 12-8 victory. With 12 runs scored, the potent Tech lineup recorded its 19th game of the year scoring in double figures. In the contest, the Golden Eagles also lifted its staggering home run total on the year to a whopping 90 in just 36 games.
The Golden Eagles return to Cookeville Friday evening after five games on the road, playing host to Southern Illinois in a three-game series during the team's annual bye-week in OVC play. Game one of the series is set for a 6 p.m. CT start. Games two and three are schedule for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All three games are slated to be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network, with Dylan Vazzano delivering the call.
Photo by Tony Marable
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold commodities distributions for Putnam County, Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Trinity Assembly of God Church “Nest” located at 146 Pennock Street in Algood.
Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.
“This project is funding under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.”
(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans passed a measure sponsored by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) that promotes high paying jobs in Tennessee.
House Bill 1917 continues the Go Build Tennessee Program through 2024 in order to raise awareness about an abundance of high paying jobs available in communities across our state.
Additionally, the measure strengthens existing partnerships so that students who are interested in this industry can utilize Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campuses to learn the skills they need in order to pursue these high paying careers.
The Go Build Tennessee program was created with the passage of the Go Build Tennessee Act in 2015. It established a nonprofit corporation and board to run the program funded by $3 million collected by the state in surplus licensing fees.
Since Go Build Tennessee began, 74 percent of students in our state said they were more likely to pursue a career in the trades after hearing the program’s message. Additionally, the TCAT McKenzie location reported a 32 percent increase in course enrollments, and TCAT Nashville saw a 57 percent increase in welding students. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Tennessee also experienced peak enrollments.
Construction and trade jobs are some of the highest paying in Tennessee with an average salary well above median household incomes in several communities. The overall goal of this initiative is to address a shortage of qualified applicants for current vacancies.
“We know we are lacking candidates who have the skills needed to fill these types of jobs, and House Bill 1917 is a solution to help us address the industry shortage taking place in Tennessee,” said Chairman Williams. “I am grateful for the support this program has received, and I hope it persuades more of our residents to consider careers in this high paying industry.”
House Bill 1917 now awaits Governor Haslam’s signature. For more information about this initiative, please click here.
Ryan Williams serves as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He also serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Government Operations, House Health, and the House Calendar & Rules Committees. Williams lives in Cookeville and represents House District 42, which includes a portion of Putnam County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Ryan.Williams@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1875.
WASHINGTON – “Joint Operation”, a free event to provide veterans and their families with a one-stop shop to access local resources and services, will be held in Cookeville on Friday, April 20, at Life Church. The event was organized by the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker and is being co-hosted by Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton and County Executive Randy Porter.
“Joint Operation is a one-stop shop to make it easier for veterans to get the help they need and will bring more than 50 organizations under one roof to answer questions and offer assistance,” said Corker. “We are truly inspired by how the community is coming together to help those who have served our country and appreciate the assistance we have received from Mayor Shelton and County Executive Porter.”
Joint Operation is open to all Tennessee veterans and their families and will feature more than 50 agencies and organizations with information on a number of resources, including: VA claim assistance, education, vocational rehabilitation, employment resources, mental health, housing, legal assistance and much more.
More information, including a list of participating organizations, is available online here. To download and print a flyer, click here.
WHAT: Joint Operation: A Free Event to Provide Veterans With a One-Stop Shop to Access Resources
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Life Church
2223 North Washington Avenue
HOSTED BY: The Office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker
The Office of Mayor Ricky Shelton, City of Cookeville
The Office of Randy Porter, County Executive
MEDIA CONTACTS: Micah Johnson, 202-228-6523
Josh Falzone, 202-224-3467
PUBLIC CONTACT: Veterans with questions about the event should contact Senator Corker’s Nashville office at 615-279-8125.